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06ALMATY3242 2006-09-15 00:49:00 UNCLASSIFIED US Office Almaty
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KAZAKHSTAN: INFORMATION RESPONSE FOR INTIATIVE ON

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DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA) AND EB/CIP/BA (N.
FETCHKO)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECPS EINT EAID PHUM KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: INFORMATION RESPONSE FOR INTIATIVE ON
GLOBAL INTERNET FREEDOM (GIFT)

REF: STATE 142147

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1. The following information, provided by USAID Almaty in
response to reftel request, represents existing programs
that support Internet freedom. Total funding levels are
listed.



A. Project Name: Information and Communication Technology
Statistics Improvement

Recipient: Kazakhstan Agency of Statistics (KAS)

Project Description: Create within the KAS the capacity to
supply public and private users with reliable statistics on
information and communication technology that are compliant
with international practice.

IT Component: Technical assistance & training to develop
methodologies to supply reliable ICT statistics.

FY 05 Funding: U.S. $ 0
FY 06 Funding: U.S. $ 129,847



B. Project Name: Encouraging Education Reform in Kazakhstan

Recipient: Local schools through the Kazakhstan Reading
Association (KazRa)

Project Description: Increasing civic responsibility among
university faculty, elementary and secondary teachers,
parents, and children through promoting reading and writing
for critical thinking and support of the education reform in
Kazakhstan

IT Component: USAID through the Kazakhstan Reading
Association provided local schools with computers. This
includes Akkystau region school in Atyrau oblast
($1,202.05); Aktau school #21 ($1,202.05); Astana Socio-
economic Lyceum ($1,202.05); and Ust-Kamenogorsk School-
Gymnasium #3 ($1,202.05)

FY 05 Funding: U.S. $ 150,000
FY 06 Funding: U.S. 0



C. Project Name: Health Partnerships, AIHA

Recipient: Kazakh School of Public Health; Demeu Family
Medicine Center; Medical Schools; Nursing College.

Project Description: Establishing sustainable health
partnerships between the U.S. and the Central Asian
countries, which foster more effective and efficient
delivery of health services in Central Asia. To improve the
quality of care, including maternity child health, HIV/AIDS;
expand community and individual responsibility for health;
to strengthen medical education and training of health
professionals; and to improve resource use through expanded
health management capabilities.

IT Component: To provide access to online medical resources
and Internet-based communication tools through a Learning
Resource Center (LRC).

FY 05 Funding: U.S. $ 699,600 (incl. $42,000 IT Component)
FY 06 Funding: U.S. 0



D. Project Name: Program for Infectious Disease Control in
CAR (Central and Local Governments), CDC PASA/HIV

Recipient: Republican and Oblast Sanitary Epidemiological
Stations, National and local AIDS Centers

Project Description: To control infectious diseases with the
focus on HIV/AIDS surveillance; TB laboratory diagnosis and
electronic surveillance; blood safety; definition of live
birth; epidemiology network; applied epidemiology training
program.

IT Component: Electronic Sentinel Surveillance System to
collect HIV data among sentinel groups; Applied Epidemiology
Training Program (AETP) to train specialists on prevention,
study and research of ID.

FY 05 Funding: U.S. $ 109,075
FY 06 Funding: U.S. $ 155,316



E. Project Name: Ensuring Access to Quality Health Care in
Central Asia, Zdrav Plus II, Abt Associates

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Recipient: Ministry of Health, Oblast Health Departments

Project Description: To assist the Central Asian Republics
(CAR) of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and
Turkmenistan to increase people's access to and utilization
of quality primary health care.

IT Component: To prepare a platform for the implementation
of an integrated Health Information System (HIS) on the
national level. To establish Medical Information Centers
(MIC) to support implementation of an integrated Health
Information System (HIS) on the oblast level.

FY 05 Funding: U.S. $ 732,513
FY 06 Funding: U.S. $ 770,807 (incl. $53,000 IT component)



F. Project Name: USAID TB Control Program for CAR, Project
Hope

Recipient: Ministry of Health, National TB Centers and
Oblast TB Dispensaries

Project Description: To prevent and control TB with the
focus on building political support for TB control; building
human and systems capacity; community advocacy and
mobilization.

IT Component: TB Electronic Surveillance Care Management
System (TB ESCM) to develop analytical skills on using
national TB registrar.

FY 05 Funding: U.S. $ 604,154
FY 06 Funding: U.S. $ 604,154



G. Project Name: Central Asian Program on AIDS Control and
Intervention Targeting Youth and High-Risk Groups
(CAPACITY), JSI

Recipient: National AIDS Center

Project Description: To build technical capacity in
launching large-scale and urgent responses to HIV/AIDS, and
develop institutions and networks in Central Asia that can
take a leading role in providing technical assistance to the
process of implementation of the grant from the Global Fund
to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) and other resources
devoted to control of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.

IT Component: To provide Internet access to technical
specialists at the National AIDS Center.

FY 05 Funding: U.S. $ 717,160
FY 06 Funding: U.S. $ 651,015



2. Planned projects that will support Internet freedom
include:



A. Internet Access and Training Program (IATP): USAID has
taken over responsibility for IATP from Public Affairs. The
program will be managed by USAID/Washington with $150,000
budgeted for Kazakhstan in FY2006. Post believes that the
program will begin in 2007.



B. Project Name: Regional Trade Liberalization and Customs
(RTLC)

Project Recipient: Ministry of Trade, Customs Committee,
Ministry of Transportation, WTO department

Project Description: The goal of the Project is to foster
economic growth and improve the competitiveness of
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through improving
conditions for international and cross-border trade and
transit. The activities to be carried out include: targeted
support for World Trade Organization (WTO) accession and
post-accession compliance; reduction of trade barriers
relating to transport, transit, border crossing, and customs
clearance; and support to regional cooperation for data
collection and sharing, including to increase the access of
SMEs to market information within and beyond the region

IT Component: The project will provide ICT training to
assist in developing information sharing and data
consolidation mechanisms for custom operations, and will
provide TA for establishment of data transfer protocols, for
revising processes according to international best
practices, and for development of common performance

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standards. In order to promote regional cooperation, the
project will also provide technical assistance and training
to develop methodologies to supply reliable ICT statistics
to assist in instituting pilot testing for joint customs
control between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and possibly
between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

FY 05 Funding: U.S. 0
FY 06 Funding: U.S. $964,200



C. Project Name: GOK IT training system (part of a larger
project)

Recipient: Agency for Informatization and Communications,
Government of Kazakhstan

Project Description: Improving business environment in
Kazakhstan. In partnership with the Agency for
Informatization and Communications in Kazakhstan, develop a
uniform Information Technology (IT) training system for
government employees responsible for developing and
implementing e-government policies and practices in
Kazakhstan.

IT Component: develop a uniform Information Technology (IT)
training system for government employees responsible for
developing and implementing e-government policies and
practices in Kazakhstan.

FY 2007 Funding: $250,000 (estimated amount) Government of
Kazakhstan Cost-Share.


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